The day I resigned to my job in cruise ships
I have made the most difficult decision from the last years. After 5 years working in the seas, I have resigned to my current job as Payroll Accountant in order to look for new goals and new challenges such as becoming a digital nomad and improving jumpandtravel.com.
During the last month I have been thinking about it. It has been great 5 years, I have visited so many countries and amazing places like Bali, New York, Berlin. I saved good money, I bought and paid my house, I got promoted twice but now is the moment to stop, think and renovate my goals and plans.
The immediate plan after visiting Brazil for the World Cup will be to move temporary to Bangkok, Thailand. This is a good base for digital nomads to start and I have been there a few times, so I consider is the best place to focus on my website and to prepare the eBook about working in cruise ships. There are so many stories I want to tell but currently due to the workload I don’t have the time to write them and share them in the site. It is a big ship with more than 1,600 crew, so is not easy to finish all the duties and have that extra time for projects. Once I leave the ship for a few months, I can dedicate all my time to jumpandtravel.com and also my book.
Of course this decision is not an absolute one, from now on plans are more flexible. In my mind is the idea to come back to work in the cruise industry again. I want to go into one of those ships with itineraries in the Baltics, Mediterranean or Greek Islands. If there is an opening there, I will be very tempted to come back to work in ships. As well, the new ship, Norwegian Escape coming in 2015 is something I want to do as well, so I have put it in my wish list. As you see, I will not get completely disconnected from ship life. This is just some months of separation. The traveling will continue, and it will be more around Asia for this year.
I am pretty excited for what is coming in the next weeks. There will be the last two cruises after a long seven and a half month contract. The day I disembark in Miami I fly to Europe and I will stay one night in Rome and one in Madrid. After that I will cross the Atlantic again and get into Rio de Janeiro to start one month travelling only with my backpack to share with you all the excitement of the 2014 Soccer World Cup. I got some tickets so it will be also a lot of fun watching the games with the thousands of fans that will gather in Brazil. After the World Cup coverage, I will fly back to Europe. Paris will be my next stop, while this was not in the original plans, a flight offer made the detour affordable, so I will be 4 days in the most beautiful city in the world. Who agrees with me? After exploring the French capital, one more flight will take me into Bangkok, Thailand where I will arrive the same day as the Full Moon Party. If I am lucky I should be able to go into the islands and party a bit before settling down in the capital and concentrate in my projects.
Sometimes is necessary to make difficult decisions in life. But I think is worth the effort to try something new, different, out of the ordinary? What do you think?